Star Trek's Universal Translator is Rendered Real Through Google Goggles

Straight outta the Enterprise‘s engineering lab comes the newly-launched Google Goggles for mobile platforms, which can translate text from photographs in English, Italian, French, German and Spanish. No word on Klingon, yet.

But seriously, this is for real – just snap a photo of the desired text and Goggles will translate it into your language… or another one, if you don’t feel like making any sensible use of the app. Any way you slice it, this is possibly the biggest boon to prolific world travelers in decades, as it renders obsolete the awkward practice of thumbing through a translation dictionary in restaurants. Now instead, you can awkwardly take photos of the menu items.

This is a significant step for technology in general, too: it means that computers are getting better at interpreting their surroundings, rather than just recording them. Next up: The Borg.

[Google Goggles]

Written by Ty Dunitz

Ty is an illustrator who stays up too late, and has to wear glasses. You can follow him on Twitter if you want to (@glitchritual), but he's just gonna throw your stupid PR crap in the garbage, so don't email him.

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